CUFC signs top Brazilian coach

Christchurch United Football Club has underlined its intention to return to the Mainland Premier League in 2017 by signing Brazilian Fernando Lambert as their head coach for the coming season.

Lambert is an internationally licenced coach and has come up through the Brazilian and Australian coaching programmes, including stints with acclaimed clubs like Corinthians, Sao Paulo and Gremio.

In recent years, Lambert has been based in Sydney, running his own academy and was part of the youth development at Manly United.

Lambert will join the impressive international coaching line-up at Christchurch United which recently merged with the Christchurch Academy and will be based at the state-of-the-art Christchurch Football Centre in Yaldhurst.

The Brazilian will be responsible for the club’s first team but also be heavily involved in the new high-performance Christchurch United Academy and the club’s Football School for players between 4 and 12 years of age.

Club president Slava Meyn is extremely pleased to have secured the services of the Brazilian coach.

“We got to know Fernando well while we were competing at the Sydney International Cup and we realised his professional background, youth development experience and his Brazilian flair would be a great addition to our coaching staff,” says Meyn, adding that an experienced coach like Lambert would help to attract talented players.

Lambert says that he was impressed by Meyn’s achievements and vision to create the best football talents in New Zealand.

“I came over last year to run a holiday camp and was blown away by the fantastic facility he has created,” says Lambert.

“So when Slava invited me to join the club, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to be part of his amazing vision to become the leading football brand in New Zealand.”

The Brazilian will arrive in Christchurch on December 17 and will start immediately, running a special Brazil skills programme in the first week of the school holidays.

“And I can’t wait to meet the Christchurch United players and start preparing for next season. I understand they narrowly missed out on promotion last year, so I hope we can go one better this year.”